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  1. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    About 50. Around half of those are cheap brushes that I only use for terrain. (#12 Hog Bristle rounds are great for terrain drybrushing.) Then there are several inexpensive very small synthetic brushes for texturing. The good brushes are premium Kolinsky sables, of course. Favorite right now is a W&N Series 7 #2, before that it was a Rafael Series 8404 #1, and before that it was a da Vinci Series 10 #2.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    The melting point of PVC is somewhere in the 100 - 250 C range, depending on what's in there in addition to just the polymer. But thermal deformation can start as low as 50 C, which I'm guessing is the more important thing.
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    Pokemon Go

    Note that if you search using "shiny", the search will show all your shiny pokemon. Same with "lucky" and your lucky pokemon. BTW, made lvl 39 this afternoon.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    John definitely has worse press than he deserves, and in the main, I submit that it's the result of the brother who has far better press than he deserves. Richard was a terrible king, spending all his time on pursuits that really didn't help his kingdom in any way. Crusading in the ME, fighting in France, ... and being captured by the Germans. Had John not chosen to raise a literal king's ransom to redeem Richard, he would probably not have undergone the unrest he suffered later in his reign.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yeah, absolutely. I played it (IIRC) on my C64, and I played it a lot. Beating to windward in a square-rigged ship isn't much fun.
  6. Doug Sundseth

    What colors for hobgoblin skin?

    I've never met a hobgoblin with orange skin and a blue nose. That's just a caricature.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    A combination of fiction (O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series is a good start), a strong interest in military history and wargaming, living close to an ocean for part of my life (Hampton, VA, Long Beach and San Diego, CA, Hickam AFB, HI), and really enjoying research. Oh, and a bit of small-boat sailing, too. Even with that, I still have to look up anything but the most basic of sail plans. I'm not an expert, but I can be convincing to a non-expert as long as I'm writing after research rather than talking.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Heh, I did a bit of research as well. Sloops of war could be ship-rigged (3-masted) or two-masted and snow-rigged or brig-rigged. Or sloop-rigged, of course. And fair enough on the rating. As I noted, the rated number of guns wasn't at all useful for determining the size of the ship. E.g., the USS Constitution (a "heavy frigate" carried 52 guns, including 30 24-pounders and 20 32-pound carronades and was called a 44-gun frigate even though she carried a broadside comparable to most British 64s of the period. Given the deck plan, I'd say that hull could pretty easily have carried 12-gun broadsides with a bow and stern chaser, so a 26-gun 6th rate. Upon further research, though, that might have been termed a "post ship" rather than a frigate in British service, though, which would still rate a post captain rather than a commander. IME, models tend to allow too much space for crews around the guns relative to historical ships. Gun decks were very crowded places. That's like throwing steak in front of a wolf for me. On your own head be it. Ship rigged: Three masts, all square-rigged, which is to say that the sails hang from yardarms that are mostly perpendicular to the direction of the hull. Just to be confusing, there are also 4-masted ship-rigged ships and some ship-rigged vessels would have a fore-and-aft-rigged course on the mizzen mast (the bottom and largest sail on the aft-most mast could be rigged parallel to the hull). Oh, and there would usually also be headsails and staysails that were fore-and-aft rigged. Sloop-rigged: Sails broadly parallel to the hull. Sloops are sloop-rigged, but not all sloop-rigged ships are sloops. (Duhh. ) A sloop is a sloop-rigged boat with a single mast. A schooner is a sloop-rigged boat or ship with two masts. And then there are hybrid sail plans where some masts are square-rigged and some sloop-rigged. For more information, you could see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sail_plan (which is actually pretty good, if a bit daunting.) I don't see how you could possibly have a problem with this. And there will be a test this afternoon, with 10 blows with a "starter" if you fail.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I had a friend who did plank-on-frame ship model building. Amazing stuff. Laser-cut MDF kits are not that. They're more like building Lego kits than plank on frame models. You can add details to make them prettier, but even the best are mostly about assembly of parts, not fabrication of parts. Oh, and that model would be a sixth rate frigate, not a sloop. The hull is easily long enough for 10 guns per broadside, plus a few chasers, which would put the ship comfortably as a frigate. (Note that the actual number of guns mounted isn't really as important as how big the ship is, though the USN built ships they called 'frigates' that were really very fast 4th-rate ships of the line). I always used to love when Model Railroader ran articles on the Gorre and Daphetid (pronounced "gory and defeated", btw). The mountain terrain Allen managed was simply amazing. And I agree that it's a huge loss to the real art world that it was destroyed.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    From the first post in this thread: "Tell me something. Maybe it's a fact about yourself. Or about your family/kids/pets. Your latest game or (heaven forbid) your character. A thing you learned on wikipedia or youtube or even *gasp* from a book or other person (or goblin, wolf, or other sentient being)!" I fully intend to continue to do exactly that.
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    ReaperCon 2019 -- Classes I Would Take

    I wasn't actually clear whether @Cyradis meant "One who posts" or "That which is posted" in talking about "posters".
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Extra bonus points if they begin the keelhauling at 100 fathoms. And 25 knots.
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    ReaperCon 2019 -- Classes I Would Take

    I've taken a couple of longer classes and found both to be among the best classes I've ever had. Schedules permitting, I'll always look at those longer classes, even though the prices can be (and should be) higher.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'm sure it was very healthy.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    They can but but don't need to. And you definitely don't want to marinate for weeks, since you'll end up with ... hmm, I think I'll stay with your "weirdness", it being right after lunch here.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Sounds like it's time to work on your marinades. A good marinade can do wonders to what would otherwise be tough beef.
  17. Doug Sundseth

    Pokemon Go

    @Ludo: Recently finished my Kanto pokedex as well. I have three fewer from Johto and two more from Hoenn.
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    Pokemon Go

    No worries, and don't feel that you have to send a gift when you open one. Open them when you get them and send when it's convenient.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    Bartholomew Roberts, called "Black Bart" after his death and the inspiration for "The Dread Pirate Roberts", was an actual Welsh pirate who worked off the Americas and West Africa in the early 18th century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Roberts My favorite pirate movie is not The Princess Bride, though I really like that movie, but rather Swashbuckler, which is a vastly underrated and visually spectacular adventure movie with great actors and a very quotable script. And real pirates are indeed the scum of the earth who should be exterminated like any other dangerous vermin.
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    Pokemon Go

    You seem to have developed an accent. You get a single regular raid pass every day if you don't already have one when you spin your first gym or the first gym after using the raid pass. Premium raid passes have to be paid for with coins (or obtained through quests, or whatever). Yeah, unfortunately you can't put more than 10 gifts in your bag at a time, so I normally run through what I have in the morning, then go for a walk after work and stop to send gifts a couple of times during that. And hopefully at the end of the walk I can refill to 10 gifts for the next day or for people who haven't opened their gifts until evening. Note that I haven't seen a limit to the number of gifts that you can send, but you can't open more than (I think) 20 gifts in a day, so I have a few leftovers each day. Sorry if that means that I haven't opened your gift yet.
  21. Doug Sundseth

    What triads to get?

    I usually skip a step in the Dark, Tanned, Fair skin between shadow and midtone and between midtone and highlight. So shadow might be Dark Highlight, midtone Tanned Skin, and highlight Fair Shadow, for instance. In which case Tanned Shadow and Tanned Highlight work great as tweened tones that don't need to be mixed.
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    CAV: Strike Ops III Kickstarter September 19th 2018

    Yup. You know those colored primers they've given us in the swag bags for the last couple of years? There are other colors (I regularly use black and gray on Bones, where they work great), including a bright silver primer.
  23. Doug Sundseth

    Pre-Painting: Mini Surface Prep

    Unless there is obvious pitting or the like, I normally just clean up any flash and mold lines, mount the figure for painting, which might be on its final base, and then prime. A couple of exceptions: I will sometimes burnish surfaces intended to be polished on the final figure (if the figure is metal). A burnished sword can be noticeably smoother after painting than it would be if painted straight from the mold. I will often replace the hafts of polearms with brass wire for durability. If there is pitting, there are a variety of techniques available, the easiest of which is probably using gloss medium to fill the pits. And if there are significant problems but for some reason it's important enough to me to paint it anyway, then there are many other things that might come into play.
  24. Doug Sundseth

    Paint Triad

    http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/triad Which shows the paints that are sold in triad packs, but you'll have to figure out whether the colors work together as shade, midtone, and highlight; some aren't intended that way. If you have a question, feel free to ask.
  25. Doug Sundseth

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    @TGP addressed the first part of this; I'll address the second. Cotton was independently domesticated in the Americas, Africa, and India. The earliest use seems to have been in India in the 5th Millennium BC and it was cultivated starting about 4000 years ago. It was pretty widely used in Persia, Greece, Egypt, and Arabia. The European idea of sheep in trees can be seen in a 14th century illustration by John Mandeville, which would be well before commerce between the Americas and Europe. It's an interesting question why Europeans might have had such a wrong-headed concept when the cloth was so common around parts of the Mediterranean. I kind of suspect that might have been a sort of European Jackalope "myth". (I often wonder why historians seem to assume that people a thousand years ago had no concept of absurdism. For me, I suspect that they were as capable of making up and discounting ridiculous stories as we are, but perhaps I'm wrong.) Other than that, though, you had it exactly right.
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